Happy Birthday Fort Myer!
PS ... You too can own an autographed copy of the book "Images of America - Fort Myer" ... The First Book About this Historic US Army Post. It contains over 200 "timeless historic photographs" which chronicle the first 100 years of the Post.
- War of 1812
- Mexican-American War
- American Civil War
- Indian Wars
- Spanish-American War
- Philippine-American War
- World War II
- Iraq War
Nostalgic VideoThe video below, courtesy of the US Army, provides an historic look back in time to about 1955. Accompanied by the US Army Band - "Pershing's Own", it shows the dual mission which the Old Guard continues until today. Within Arlington National Cemetery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded day and night all year round by Sentinels who are carefully selected and trained as Tomb Guards from this regiment. Over the years, the regiment has added several distinguished specialty platoons / companies to address the ceremonial needs of the Military District of Washington and the US Army. These include:
- The Presidential Salute Battery
- The Caisson Platoon
- The Continental Color Guard
- The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
- The US Army Drill Team
- The Commander-in-Chief's Guard
Note: 06 APRIL was officially designated as Army Day by Congress. The last one that was celebrated nationally was in 1949.
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Organized at Fort Hunt VirginiaKnown as "Pershing's Own" - The US Army Band was organized at Fort Hunt, Virginia on 25 JAN 1922 as The Army Band and later moved to the District of Columbia's oldest military installation Fort Lesley J McNair (The fort began as arsenal in the 1790s with defenses built in 1794). Fort McNair is also the third oldest US Army post - only West Point and Carlisle Barracks are older. When the 3d Cavalry, which had been at Fort Myer from after WW I until the beginnings of WW II moved from Fort Myer, their "mounted band" went with the regiment. There was a need for ceremonial support within Arlington National Cemetery and the US Army Band was called upon to provide it.
Ceremonial Band Needed at Arlington National CemeteryInitially, musicians were transported to and from Fort Myer from Fort McNair and eventually a "funeral band' was organized on Fort Myer as an extension of the US Army Band. It was during WW II - June 1943, the band at Fort McNair was deployed to both North Africa and Europe. Upon its return from the War, Fort Myer became its home ever since. For its efforts while deployed, it received a campaign streamer. Among the over 200 historic photographs within the book "Images of America - Fort Myer" the US Army Band is presented among other units, people, and events which helped to mold Fort Myer into the active duty US Army Post it has become... Home of "Pershing's Own" and "The Old Guard"
The Remaining US Civil War Era PostIt sits on Arlington Heights overlooking Washington DC and has seen its share of firsts since 1863 when it was first built as Fort Whipple. It was among the 70 fortifications surrounding the National Capital during the US Civil War, but unlike the rest which fell into disrepair and were abandoned, Fort Myer continues until this day (though they've hidden the name slightly - it'll always be Fort Myer because of its significance and contributions.) Some of the early firsts that this US Army Post holds are:
- First home of the US Signal Corps School
- First home of the National Weather Service (1870)
- First US Army Cavalry Showcase
- First military aviation flight (1908)
- First military aviation fatality (1908)
- First ROTC training